I love a good, healthy, and hearty snack. It curbs my hunger between meals and helps perk me up during a midday slump. Unfortunately, many of the “healthy” snacks you find at the grocery store aren’t really healthy at all. Instead, they are full of unnecessary ingredients such as corn syrup, preservatives, and artificial flavors. You might as well make a beeline for the donuts (a personal weakness). Or, to ensure that you are giving your body the fuel it needs to get through the day, make your favorite snacks at home. And these Cranberry Almond Granola Bars are a great place to start.
2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
1 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup ground flax-seed
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
1-ounce unsalted butter, plus extra for pan
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
6 1/2 ounces chopped dried cranberries
Butter a 9 by 9-inch glass baking dish and set aside. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Spread the oats, sunflower seeds, almonds, and ground flax seeds into a half-sheet pan. Place in the oven and toast for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
In the meantime, combine honey, brown sugar, butter, extract and salt in a medium saucepan and place over medium heat. Cook until the brown sugar as completely dissolved.
Once the oat mixture is done, remove it from the oven and reduce the heat to 300 degrees F. Immediately add the oat mixture to the liquid mixture, add the dried fruit, and stir to combine. Turn the mixture out into the prepared baking dish and press down, evenly distributing the mixture in the dish and place in the oven to bake for 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. Cut into squares and store in an airtight container for up to a week.
Not only are these bars super delicious, they are super simple to make! In fact, I might even go as far as saying they will have you swearing off packaged foods forever (Unless of course you are starving and stranded at a gas station in the middle of nowhere without your homemade stash. Then you might make an exception). And like my homemade granola, the possibilities are endless. So you will never get bored with all the combinations you can think up.
Hungry for more healthy snacking ideas? Conscious Box is full of them! In fact, they were the ones who introduced me to Amazing Grass which sparked my Fresh Start Challenge. They are always inspiring me to live a healthier, happier, more sustainable life.
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